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There will always be charlatans and wolves and false teachers in this world, trying to get you to cross over the bridge of compromise and join them. From the beginning of time, there has been a LIE and a TRUTH available for ALL to choose. But time is running out, and there is only One way, One truth, One choice…. to save you from an eternal darkness you cannot see or fathom. What you choose in this lifetime will determine your eternal destination. It is the most important decision you will ever make. Will you be saved?

Question: “How can I be saved?”

Answer: This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

How can I be saved? Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.

How can I be saved? Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/how-can-I-be-saved.html#ixzz3XL6hmmLP

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God Our Mother is a new song by husband and wife musicians Michael and Lisa Gungor. According to their website…

God our Mother is part of an experimental art collective known as ‘The Liturgists.’ The contemplative music is written by Michael and Lisa Gungor in collaboration with Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell, among others.

The Liturgists http://gungormusic.com/2014/04/the-liturgists/

About this song, they say…

Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.

God Our Mother includes an apophatic contemplative meditation. Apophatic disciplines seek to push beyond language and rational thinking in the context of God’s Holiness, and can be very powerful. For this reason, we recommend that spiritual practices like apophaticism are best moderated through scripture, tradition, and some form of spiritual community.

released 06 May 2014
http://theliturgists.bandcamp.com/album/god-our-mother

Listen to the song featuring Nichole Nordeman and Lisa Gungor, here:

Lyrics:

God our Father
Giver of daily bread

Blessing our hands and covering our heads 

God our Mother

Leading us into peace

Drawing and comforting all those in need 


Hallowed, hallowed be thy name

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name 

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name in all the earth

On his website, Michael Gungor also tells his readers that…

“he went on a “spiritual pilgrimage” in September 2010 that incorporated a week to Italy and a week to Spain. Gungor states: ”The first week was a week of silence and meditation at a spiritual retreat that I found by googling ‘best spiritual retreats in the world.’” He said that he went on this pilgrimage because he was “on the brink” and “didn’t really know what [he] believed in.” Gungor began his journey with a trip to the Vatican where he heard the Pope speak: “not a bad way to start out my spiritual journey. Made me want to be Catholic actually.” After this, Gungor caught a flight to Assisi and on the flight he ”listened to a couple Rob Bell sermons on [his] ipod.” Gungor explains that the retreat was ”a cross religious retreat, so they had statues of Mary in the room next to a Buddha next to a Hindu something or other.” Part of the week of silence included times called “prayer movements,” where participants ”slowly wav[ed] [their] arms around, turning in circles and kneeling in the grass . . . It was a lot of ‘now the river that gave us everything is taking everything back’ kind of stuff.””

-Letter to the Editor: Tens of Thousands Introduced to Contemplative Advocates Gungor and David Crowder at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9848

Even music that is called Christian and sounds beautiful can contain a muddy spiritual message.

RELATED:

Is God male or female?
http://www.gotquestions.org/God-male-female.html

Is God Male According to the Bible?
http://carm.org/is-god-male-according-to-the-bible

UPDATED: NEW:

Baptist Church Cancels Gungor Concert for Rejecting Genesis as Literal
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15886

CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION PULLS OUT OF MICHAEL GUNGOR CONCERT
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/08/christian-radio-station-pulls-out-of-michael-gungor-concert/

CHRISTIAN SINGER MICHAEL GUNGOR MAKES MORE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/christian-singer-michael-gungor-makes-outrageous-claims/

“I’M SORRY THIS HAS HURT YOU.” GUNGOR PULLS OUT OF POWER OF ONE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/im-sorry-this-has-hurt-you-gungor-pulls-out-of-power-of-one/

MICHAEL GUNGOR’S “LITURGISTS” GROUP CHARGING 100 PEOPLE $300 TO QUESTION CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/06/michael-gungors-liturgists-group-charging-100-people-300-to-question-christian-doctrine/

Also related:

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

***NEW 2015: See who else is singing the praises of Gungor:
Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism
http://bereanresearch.org/willow-creeks-the-practice-blends-new-age-catholic-mysticism/

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Costco — the Bible is fiction

What do the Bible, “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco.

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.

“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.”

More here:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/18/costco-bible-is-fiction/?intcmp=trending

UPDATE:

Costco apologizes for calling Bible ‘fiction’

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There is much talk in evangelical churches today about spiritual direction, the divine office, Benedict’s Rule, monasticism, journaling, fasting, and many other such practices that are supposed to help the Christian hear the voice of God. But is spiritual direction biblical? Or is it an act of futility that has no basis in Scripture whatsoever?

Read:

Fasting and Spiritual Direction
April/May 2013,Volume 19, Issue 2
http://www.svchapel.org/resources/articles/133-spiritual-formation-movement/806-fasting-and-spiritual-direction

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Roman Catholicism teaches a different way to salvation than the Bible.

CANON 9: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”

Scriptures to refute this position:

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin,” (Rom. 3:20).
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 3:24).
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law,” (Rom. 3:28).
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness,” (Rom. 4:3).
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:1).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God,” (Eph. 2:8).
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,” (Titus 3:5).

Find these and more reasons to believe what the Bible teaches on justification here:

Council of Trent: Canons on Justification.
http://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification

RELATED:

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HASN’T CHANGED ITS CONDEMNATION OF THE GOSPEL
http://apprising.org/2012/05/24/the-roman-catholic-church-hasnt-changed-its-condemnation-of-the-gospel/

ECUMENISM AND THE COUNCIL OF TRENT
http://apprising.org/2008/09/07/ecumenism-and-the-council-of-trent/

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Tell Catholics the Truth by Mike Gendron

RELATED:

Catholicism vs Christianity By Mike Gendron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GO-BoG49Kg

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Question: “Is prayer to saints / Mary biblical?”

Answer: The issue of Catholics praying to saints is one that is full of confusion. It is the official position of the Roman Catholic Church that Catholics do not pray TO saints or Mary, but rather that Catholics can ask saints or Mary to pray FOR them. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that asking saints for their prayers is no different than asking someone here on earth to pray for us. However, the practice of many Catholics diverges from official Roman Catholic teaching. Many Catholics do in fact pray directly to saints and/or Mary, asking them for help – instead of asking the saints and/or Mary to intercede with God for help. Whatever the case, whether a saint or Mary is being prayed to, or asked to pray, neither practice has any biblical basis.

The Bible nowhere instructs believers in Christ to pray to anyone other than God. The Bible nowhere encourages, or even mentions, believers asking individuals in heaven for their prayers. Why, then, do many Catholics pray to Mary and/or the saints, or request their prayers?

More here:

http://www.gotquestions.org/prayer-saints-Mary.html

Also see:

Catholic Questions
http://www.gotquestions.org/Catholic-questions.html

Proclaiming the Gospel
http://www.pro-gospel.org/

RELATED:

PRAYING TO MARY AND THE SAINTS
http://www.letusreason.org/RC7.htm

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“It is not only smart, but also scriptural to ask others to pray for you (Col 4:3, James 5:16). However, Mary and the saints are human beings who are deceased. If you are asking them to intercede on your behalf, then you are assuming they are in a position to hear your requests. That deifies them with a godlike ability, and your request is a prayer. The Bible instructs us to pray for others (who are alive) and ask others (who are alive) to pray for us.”
Praying to the Saints, Purgatory, and the Apocrypha
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE

http://www.contenderministries.org/mail/purgatorysaints.php

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